3 Tips for Avoiding Addiction to Prescription Drugs

You can avoid prescription drug addiction by communicating with your doctors and loved ones Prescription drug abuse is a major problem in American culture. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported that the US makes up only five percent of the world population, but its citizens consume 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. … Read more

Why Living a Sober Life Requires Support

Staying sober once you leave rehab requires a strong support system During addiction treatment, users receive personal attention from therapists, instructors and other professionals who help users understand their addiction. They not only teach users how to avoid drugs, but they also work through the underlying causes of addiction to discourage relapse in the future. … Read more

Soldiers, Substance Abuse and Trauma

Serving in the armed forces is an honorable profession, but soldiers often brave situations that can cause considerable pain. This usually includes combat, where people may injure an enemy and/or witness the death of one of their own. These experiences can cause posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which may encourage soldiers to abuse drugs to cope. … Read more

The Connection between PTSD and Alcoholism

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Such events may include the following: Violent personal assaults Threat of death to oneself or to someone else Natural disasters Threat to one’s own or someone … Read more